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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Triumph Books (March 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160078688X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600786884
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Howie Rose is a sportscaster who has been the New York Mets radio announcer since 1995. He lives in Woodbury, New York. Phil Pepe is the author of more than 50 books on sports, including The Yankees: An Authorized History of the New York Yankees, Few and Chosen Yankees: Defining Yankee Greatness Across the Eras, as well as a biography of Yogi Berra, and collaborations with New York Yankee legends Mickey Mantle, Billy Martin, and Whitey Ford. He was the Yankees beat writer for the New York Daily News from 1968 through 1981 and is a past president of the Baseball Writers Association of America. He lives in Englewood, New Jersey. Marv Albert was the voice of the New York Knicks for parts of five decades and has been the play-by-play man for numerous NBA Finals, World Series, Super Bowls, and Stanley Cups. He lives in New York City.

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With hard work and a few good words from Marv Albert.
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He not only goes into his story, but he gives lots of "behind the scene" stories of Met players and managers that make for a great read for fans.
James Chandler
As one who shared these memories, a GREAT read and an accurate HOME RUN, from PS 77 - to - Shea - to - Citi!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brian P on April 23, 2013
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Great Book! I am a 36 year old Mets fan who grew up listening to Howie Rose on WHN and WFAN during the glory days of the 80's.
The Mets Extra show and the hot stove shows he did during the off-season were must-listen radio for die-hard Mets fans in a time when there
was no internet. I feel I learned more listening to Howie as a 10 year old than anywehere else.
I have always been a big fan of Howie Rose so I decided to buy the book.
The book is not about dirt or juicy info on old players (although there is some interesting stuff on managers, especially Bobby V).
Oh yeah, and Jeff Kent was a jerk!
The book is primarily about Howie's life and how he became a Mets fan and how he broke into the business.
For those who grew up in Brooklyn and Queens and are Howie's age, I'm sure you will love reading the book and reminiscing.
For those who are in their 30's like myself, you can learn a lot about the Mets early years and what it was like at Shea Stadium when
the Mets finally became a winner in '69.
You learn a lot about the day to day work of a broadcaster and all the preparation that goes into a game.
Howie also talks a lot about his love for the Rangers growing up and how Marv Albert helped him get into the business.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Peter Hyatt on March 26, 2013
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The book is a let down as I thought it was about various Mets memories and anecdotes. It is short on inside stories and long
on becoming a broadcaster. The title is, for Mets fans, tough to resist, but if you are looking for inside stories on the Mets,
take a look elsewhere. The forward from Marv Albert is something to sink your teeth into, which some might find interesting.
It is not a well written book, and I struggled through it, always expecting an "insider's viewpoint" into some of my Met heroes but
it was not to be. We all share wonderful memories of the 51 years of NY Mets but this is a let down. Instead, I recommend "Summers at Shea", which is a compilation of articles from the NY Times which serves as an excellent jog to the memory of Mets fans.
I enjoy Howie Rose as an announcer but not as a writer. From the verbal to the written did not transfer well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NC from NY on August 31, 2014
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The subtitle is misleading as this is not a book about the history of the Mets, but rather one about Howie Rose's broadcasting career. His days as a hockey announcer as well as his other jobs in sports broadcasting are all prominently featured. It makes for an interesting, but hardly a fascinating read and there is little if anything new for Mets' fans other than a little insight into which players were good guys and a couple that weren't. Not bad, but the subtitle, though less compelling should have been "my career in broadcasting".definitely not "a half century of Mets' Mania'",
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I enjoyed reading Howie's book because I remember his post game shows in 1987 as therapy. The Mets were on top of the world after the 1986 World Series win. In 1987 when things were not going as well (and how could they?) it was comforting to listen to Howie Rose dealing with the upset callers. He not only goes into his story, but he gives lots of "behind the scene" stories of Met players and managers that make for a great read for fans. There is an upbeat attitude that helps me even to this day in 2013 when the team is playing poorly.
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I am a Mets fan and I have always enjoyed Howie Rose's pre and post game shows from the Mets Extra days as well as his top notch game calls. It was great reading the tales of how he got to be where is today. Howie is a much a part of Mets history as Seaver, Gooden, Hernandez, Piazza and Wright and I hope he stays with the club for many years to come! Great read for up and coming broadcasters, Met fans, and baseball fans looking for a little insight into the behind the scenes of life in the Show.
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If you have been listening to and enjoying Howie Rose for a long time, are familiar with the history of the Mets, the players, the rivals, etc. you'll really enjoy this book. He writes openly, isn't sugar coating everything and like his broadcasts is always entertaining with his knowledge of history and his passion for the game. Since it's brand new, it's also great to hear him talk about players like David Wright, Ike Davis, Daniel Murphy and Mets manager Terry Collins.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Don on March 3, 2013
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Howie Rose, renown voice of the New York Mets has hit one out of the park with this book! A great read that you will hate to finish!!!
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By Scott Smith on July 5, 2014
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Great book by my favorite announcer for my favorite team. Gives many insights on the Mets and is very interesting
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